Egay rains force evacuation of 400 residents in Palawan

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PUERTO PRINCESA CITY: The Palawan Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) reported Monday that around 400 individuals were evacuated from their homes in Rizal in the southern part of the province due to floods caused by tropical storm Egay.The evacuated residents, who are from barangays Culasian and Candawaga in Rizal town, were temporarily brought to the gymnasium of Barangay Ransang.

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Their homes remain inundated by floodwaters Monday, Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (MDRRMO) chief Douglas Macanas told the Philippine News Agency (PNA).

Around 100 individuals of the total number, were also evacuated due to the encounter between troops of the Marine Battalion Landing Team 12 and suspected armed members of the NPA.

Macanas said states of calamities were also declared in barangays Culasian and Candawaga due to floods that have destroyed many farmlands, and caused a tree to topple over Palawan Electric Cooperative (PALECO) power lines.

As of current, Macanas said floodwaters have started subsiding. However, they continue to monitor the situation before the evacuated residents are allowed to return.

In northern Palawan, a boy was confirmed to have drowned over the weekend in Barangay Mendoza, Roxas. But the PDRRMO said the boy’s drowning was not due to Egay.

In Puerto Princesa, a landslide was recorded to have occurred in Barangay Napsan. Around two families were evacuated to safe grounds, said the city government’s risk reduction management office.

PDRRMO chief Gilbert Baaco assured they have enough supply of relief goods in store for evacuated families. PNA

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